“Lonesome Dreams” by Lord Huron
Ben Schneider, the sole man behind the music, hails from the humble state of Michigan yet appears to have dipped his toes everywhere. The seemingly well-travelled folk influences come together with an easy grace, and the songs are tied together nicely with interlacing smoky vocals that wouldn’t look out of place around a campfire sing-along.
Opening with a trio of stand-out tracks, “Ends of the Earth,” “Time To Run,” and “Lonesome Dream” (the song from which the title originates), it’s not long before you’re mingled into the dream-like, fast-paced acoustic world of Schneider’s music. It makes us yearn for that care-free youthfulness that seeps from every corner of this LP.
When you consider the album on face value, which is painted as a harsh clash of folk and ethnic backbeats, it should be chaotic and unstable, but it’s the entire opposite. It’s clean-cut and easy to listen to, and whilst it can tend to blend into the background after a few listens, Lonesome Dreams is a fully-realized and fresh addition to the indie scene.